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It Could Lead to Dancing: Mixed-Sex Dancing and Jewish Modernity

Sonia Gollance


Dances and balls appear throughout literature as a place for young people to meet, flirt, and form relationships: as any reader of Pride and Prejudice, War and Peace, or Romeo and Juliet can attest, dance scenes provide an opportunity for writers to criticize societal expectations about courtship and partner choice, while simultaneously entertaining their readers. In this book, Sonia Gollance examines Jewish mixed-gender dancing in German and Yiddish literature, arguing that dance provides a powerful lens for understanding Jewish acculturation, secularization, and modernization. Gollance exami ... More

Keywords: German, Yiddish, Romance, Courtship, Nineteenth century, Twentieth century, Jewish gender roles, Mixed-sex dancing, Literature, acculturation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781503613492
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503613492.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sonia Gollance, author
University College London